May 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks on the field during organized team activities at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Should Be Prepared For A Physical Training Camp


In a little over a week the Kansas City Chiefs will start training camp. It will be the first under new coach Andy Reid and if his history in Philadelphia is any indication, it will be a physical one. Philly journalist Reuben Frank posted an article today on csnphilly.com that predicted some differences between the approach to camp between Reid and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. While the sections on Kelly may not interest KC fans, the descriptions of Philly’s past camps under Reid make the piece a must read for any diehard Chiefs fan that is slowly counting down the minutes until camp starts.

Here are some highlights:

Andy Reid never hesitated when asked why his training camps were so physical.

“I just believe and I’ve always believed that tackling and blocking are important parts of football, and you have to work on those things at training camp,” Reid said before one of his last training camps with the Eagles.

“We’re going to go up there and we’re going to hit. We don’t want to get anybody hurt, but you have to hit to get ready for the season.”

Reid’s training camp practices were notorious to the point where league officials informally asked him during the summer of 2002, a year after the tragic death of Korey Stringer, to eliminate his Three Days of Hell.

That was the three days of live two-a-days that opened up his first three training camps at Lehigh. Since 2002, teams have been allowed to hit only once a day.

As the CBA changed and rules governing practices evolved, Reid jammed as many contact periods as allowed into what was left of training camp.

“I think we’ll hit in camp,” Brandon Graham said. “But I don’t think it’ll be anything like what we did with Coach Reid. I don’t think anybody hits as much as Coach Reid.”

Andy Reid comes off as a soft spoken, “big teddy bear”, kind of guy. To those who thought former coach Romeo Crennel (also seen as the “big teddy bear” type) was much too soft on the players, it appears that won’t be a problem under Reid. The countdown to camp is on and it appears that Chiefs fans won’t have to wait long before the sounds of pads popping fills the air.

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  • Jim Harper

    And I hope to be there to hear the very first pop!

    • ladner morse

      I may see you there Jim!

      • Jim Harper

        Seriously? I hope so. Would love to meet you. I’ve gone every year since they moved to St Joe. I live about 65 miles NW of Des Moines so it’s not too bad of a drive. I’ve never been this excited about a camp before though! I’ll be watching for you. I’m hard to miss. I’m about 300 lbs and use a walker with a seat on it.

        • ladner morse

          I’ll look for you!!!!!!

          • micah stephenson

            We shud make an Arrowhead Addict lovers siting area lol

        • micah stephenson

          Next friday at 3pm baby!!!! Its going down!!!

  • Carlos Nevarez

    Never thought I’d be counting down the days until training camp.

    • ladner morse

      Carlos… I know, I know!

    • micah stephenson

      I feel like the 1st practice is the 1st game. I cant wait!

  • antony555

    I think I-29 is the direction I’ll take too, to see more than a few players get to hear the sound of bells..

  • PunjabiPete

    I think the “one hit a day” stuff is a shame. It’s football. You get paid millions to get hit. You get millions because you risk injury. How long until the NFL becomes WWE? I wonder what some of the 70s greats would think of a quarterback “strike zone” and the squaring up and light tapping and the fair catch. The worst part is a lot of these guys WANT to hit!

  • Lyle Graversen

    Jerrell Powe just RT the link to this post with #bringit added on. LOVE IT!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    If it makes for a tougher team mentally and physically, I’m all for it!

    • paul pace

      Here, here!

  • KEM

    Any change from the last few years has to be an upgrade and should be welcomed by all Chiefs fans!

  • micah stephenson

    Good practice hard, play hard!